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Phuket monkeys to be neutered, some to be moved

PHUKET: Monkeys among the five wild troupes in areas affecting local residents in Phuket will be sterilised, with monkeys from two specific troupes to be moved to separate islands offshore.

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By Chutharat Plerin

Tuesday 12 June 2018, 06:50PM


The news came at a meeting at The Governor’s House this morning (June 12), where Governor Norraphat Plodthong was brought up to speed on the results of the surveys which asked residents what they wanted to be done with troupes of wild monkeys in their areas. (See story here.)

The communities at the monkey-endowed areas of Koh Siray, Khao Rang and Khao Toh Sae all called to allow the wild monkeys to remain in those areas.

However, residents in Soi Tha Jeen and in Soi King Kaew called for the monkeys to be removed.

To this, a senior official involved in the project confirmed to The Phuket News’ Thai-language sister- newspaper Khao Phuket today that monkeys in those two locations will be moved to separate islands off Phuket’s east coast, namely Koh Payu and Koh Ngam.

“The monkeys will be removed from these areas because they create problems for the local residents,” the official said.

“They will be moved to separate islands as two different troupes cannot be kept on the same island. The islands selected are not protected by law, but no construction will be allowed,” he added.

Gov Norraphat this morning assigned the Phuket office of the Natural Resources and the Environment and relevant agencies to start drafting plans to make sure the island relocation could be done smoothly.

The official also confirmed that cages to trap monkeys were placed at Baan Yamu today so that the mass sterilisation could begin on Thursday (June 14).

“Residents in all areas surveyed asked for the monkeys in their areas to be sterilised,” the official confirmed.

Cages to catch monkeys will be placed as follows:

1. Baan Yamu, cages placed today and tomorrow (June 12-13), sterilisation to be conducted at a location near Bang Pae Waterfall on Thursday (June 14).

2. Baan Bang Rong, cages placed today and tomorrow (June 12-13), sterilisation to be conducted at the same location on Friday (June 15).

3. Soi Kingkaew, Rassada, cages placed on Thursday (June 14), sterilisation at the Phuket City Meeting Hall on Saturday-Sunday (June 16-17).

4. Soi Tah Jeen, cages placed on Thursday (June 14), sterilisation at the Phuket City Meeting Hall next Monday (June 18).

5. Koh Siray, cages placed on on Saturday-Sunday (June 16-17), sterilisation at the Phuket City Meeting Hall next Tuesday and Wednesday (June 19-20).

Signs have been posted in the areas already.

 

 

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DeKaaskopp | 13 June 2018 - 15:35:17

"losted should be posted"That happens if the finger becomes to big for the keyboard or the eyesight isn't that good anymore.Don't worry.In both cases a bigger keyboard should help.

Rorri_2 | 13 June 2018 - 14:29:22

Note to self... check spelling, "losted" should be "posted."

Rorri_2 | 13 June 2018 - 11:30:12

Two very different comments losted, one asks a very sensible question, the other simply attacks that person, one shows intelligence, the other simply shows some humans never progressed higher than the apes.

Kurt | 13 June 2018 - 08:58:01

Each troop on different island, well, than in 5-6 years time you will see monkeys, mentally unhealthy,  with 3 eyes or without tail. 

DeKaaskopp | 12 June 2018 - 19:31:42

"Would like to know how  suitable..."In order to find out you could stay for one week at those islands.After that you will know if it is suitable for other monkeys!

BenPendejo | 12 June 2018 - 19:04:20

Would like to know how suitable the chosen islands are to sustain monkey populations without totally upsetting the natural environment...or are these just going to turn into new "go see the monkeys" islands where they will survive from eating junk food brought by tourists.  I really don't see things going smoothly with this program.  Never seen wildlife management according to public...

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